Monday, 20 January 2014

Trip to the Big Apple!

Just before Christmas my boyfriend took me to New York as a late celebration for my birthday! It was our first time in the big city and we enjoyed every minute of it. We spent a total of 6 days there but there was so much to do that we couldn't see everything that we wanted to so we've both said we must go back again at some point! It was bitterly cold when we were there so hopefully we can go again when its warmer.

As well as the usual touristy places like the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre, view of the Empire State building, 5th Avenue, Macy's, Bloomingdales and the Central Park we also visited other neighbourhoods that were a little bit different. We spent a fair amount of time in the East Village area where there were quite a few quirky vintage shops and a couple of great finds includes the Economy Candy which is a dream for anyone with a sweet tooth. All the sweets are piled high up in the shop and some of them are much cheaper than the supermarket. Almost any candy you can ever want is available in this shop! The Katz's Delicatessen is also a must when anyone visiting New York especially carnivores. The huge pastrami sandwich that we shared between us was mind blowing and there was an endless of pastrami in it! This is also where the filmed the famous lunch scene of When Harry Met Sally!

We also went to the Meat Packing District, China Town, Soho as well as Times Square and the Theatre district. There was just so much to see! Other highlights of our trip includes the cable car ride to the Roosevelt Island and a ferry trip to the Dumbo area in Brooklyn. It was nice to be able to see the skyline of Manhattan. There were some very nice boutiques in Dumbo including local designed clothing and fancy home ware. The one I spent the most money in was the West Elm Market which had a really nice selection of kitchen ware, they also have another shop around the corner selling home furnishing. We also went to the Brooklyn Flea market in Williamsburg but it was too cold and only 4 traders turned up as it was too cold! I was really disappointed as I had been looking forward to get my hands on some local designs!

We went to the famous Magnolia Bakery for some cakes and cookies as well as the Macaroon Parlour for some unique flavours such as candied bacon with maple cream cheese macaroon! I was also really impressed with a few of the restaurants that we visited during our trip. We had an amazing steak at Keens which is not far from the Empire State Building, some delicious frozen chocolate at the Serendipity3 and nice fresh lobsters at the Ed's Lobster Bar. If you want to sample a variety of cuisine then the Chelsea Market is the place for you. Lots of different small restaurants and cafe to satisfy your appetite!

Can't wait till we go back again! :D xxx
View of the Empire State Building from the Rockefeller

Ice-skating at the Rockefeller

LOVE sign

Serendipity3

The amazing frozen chocolate with peanut butter and strawberry cheesecake from Serendipity3


Times Square

Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park

Delicious cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery

Cable car to Roosevelt Island

View of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island

A nice indoor flea market in Williamsburg

Manhattan bridge from Dumbo


Ed's lobster

Tasty macaroons from Macaroon Parlour